Angora hair or Angora fibre refers to the downy coat produced by the Angora rabbit. While the names of the source animals are similar, Angora fibre is distinct from mohair, which comes from the Angora goat. Angora fibre is also distinct from cashmere, which comes from the cashmere goat. Angora is known for its softness, thin fibres, and what knitters refer to as a halo (fluffiness). It is also known for its silky texture. It is much warmer and lighter than wool due to the hollow core of the angora fibre. It also gives the their characteristic floating feel. Angora rabbits produce coats in a variety of colours, from white through tan, grey, and brown to black. Good quality Angora fibre is around 12–16 micrometres in diameter, and can cost as much as US$10–16 per ounce (35 to 50 cents/gram). It felts very easily, even on the animal itself if it is not groomed frequently.
Angora rabbits are lovable, loyal, and docile pets with the potential to pay their own room and board by producing high-value fiber. Unless you happen to be a hand spinner yourself, you’ll need to find angora rabbit wool buyers. Fortunately, with increased interest in hand spinning, ethically raised angora is in high demand.
Angora rabbit wool is prized for its silkiness and warmth. Raising your own Angora rabbits for wool can not only elevate your personal spinning and knitting projects, but it can also be fairly lucrative. “[Angora rabbits] will produce more wool per bunny for less amount of feed and care than any other fiber animal,” said Jenny Smith, owner of Underhill Fiber Farm at Gorham, Maine. “Angora rabbits produce 1 to 4 pounds of wool a year for the space of a three-foot cage [and] 60 bucks a year to feed it. Angora rabbit wool will also fetch a higher price than the wool from many other fiber animals.
Angora wool is the soft, silky and highly prized hair of the Angora rabbit. It’s harvested periodically through the year by brushing or shearing the rabbit, and an ounce of high-quality angora wool can sell for as much as $16. Angora wool can be sold raw or spun into yarn, and there are several ways it can be marketed.